Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MONTEVIDEO -- Midwestern girl goes to California, waits tables and gets discovered. It makes for a great story in Hollywood, but on Main Street Montevideo, it makes for something much better: Terrific food and an extraordinary place to enjoy it. It took the meeting four decades ago of Eloise (née Sherod) and Gabe Valentino at a chain restaurant in Santa Barbara, Calif., to make possible Valentino's American Restaurant in downtown Montevideo. Since 1997 the downtown restaurant has been treating customers to everything from pies and baked goods to homemade soups, chicken cordon bleu, prime ri
MORRIS -- A gasifier that will use farm biomass to provide the steam heat needed for 80 percent of the heating needs on the University of Minnesota Morris campus is about one or two weeks from its start-up, according to James Barbour, director of plant services. The gasifier had been troubled with operation problems during its planned start-up last year. Once it starts, the new system will be creating a demand for 7,000 to 9,000 tons of corn stover each year, or its equivalent. Prairie grasses are one of the biomass fuels being tested since they are more energy dense than stover, according
BENSON --If 10 percent of the lands now used to produce annual crops like corn and soybeans were instead converted to pasture or perennial cover like alfalfa, the Chippewa River would run clear and clean. Can it be done in a way that adds to the profitability of farms in the basin? That's what the Chippewa River Watershed Project aims to achieve with its newly-launched "Chippewa 10 percent Project.'' It's working in partnership with the North Central Soil and Conservation Research Laboratory, the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Land Stewardship Project. The crux of the project is to he
GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. Friday on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River. The driver of the vehicle, Bradley Raddatz, 45, of Wood Lake, was transported to Granite Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY -- A fund-raising effort by Prairie's Edge Casino Resort has raised $12,000 to benefit the Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties Relay for Life chapter, Rice Hospice and Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, according to a news release on the campaign. The funds are being split among the three organizations as part of the effort to find a cure and support treatment for cancer survivors and their families. The funds were presented during an event held last month at the casino and resort owned by the Upper Sioux Community. The Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties Relay for
GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. Friday on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River. The driver of the vehicle, Bradley Raddatz, 45, of Wood Lake, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was badly bruised and cut. A medical condition caused Raddatz to black out behind the wheel and drive into the home, according to Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue.
GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. today on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River. The driver of the vehicle, a man believed to be in his 40s, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital for unknown injuries. They did not appear to be life-threatening. Vonnie Vosberg had just stepped out of the kitchen to dry her hair in a bathroom when the SUV crashed through the south wall of her home.
WILLMAR -- Chet Curtis had only one thing to remember as he packed for an overnight trip to Washington, D.C. "When I talked to my daughter about it, she told me not to forget to pack an extra handkerchief,'' said Curtis, 88, of Willmar. He quickly added that he knows he will need it. Curtis is among 11 World War II veterans from Kandiyohi County on their way to tour the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Jon Lindstrand of Kandiyohi on Thursday drove the veterans from Willmar to Luverne.
APPLETON -- Chainsaw artists Jarrett and Jordan Dahl are among several new artists joining the 2010 Meander Arts Crawl this weekend. The annual event is a free, self-guided tour of artists' studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The iconic blue iron bridge spanning Lac qui Parle Lake near Milan is the symbol for the 2010 Meander Arts Crawl, thanks to artwork created by this year's featured artist Lucy Tokheim of rural Dawson. Tokheim's portrayal of the bridge was inspired by the internationally acclaimed writer Robert Bly's poem "Driving Toward the Lac qui
DAWSON -- To the hundreds of visitors who watch them every day, Jarrett and Jordan Dahl are surrounded by more noise than can be made by a frenzied crowd of Viking fans in the Metrodome. The two brothers rev chainsaws at full throttle and spit out blizzards of wood chips all day long. It's all in the name of giving life to dead trees. Their talent as chainsaw artists is to evoke a feeling of energy and motion in the detailed images of wildlife they carve from logs.